No words are sufficient to convey the loss and grief brought about by the terrors of September 11. We grieve not only for the individuals gone and the loved ones they left behind but also for the loss of our innocence. The emptiness of this page pales next to the voids left in our broken families, broken hearts, and broken cities.

Stunned, we are silent. Hope and faith and time will heal the American people, but we are forever scarred. May we then triumph over hatred, and pledge to be silent no more.